Prime adds new bulletin

By David Knox on February 23, 2014 / Filed Under Programming 16

2014-02-23_0047Prime7 is starting a new 6.30 national / international news bulletin for all local markets on Monday, excluding Albury.

Daniel Gibson (pictured) will host out of Prime’s Canberra studios live at 6.30pm.

Natalie Forrest will be reading for Orange, Wagga and Albury from now on.

Fiona Ferguson will continue to do Tamworth and North Coast NSW.


  1. once-upon-a-time February 25, 2014 at 2:03 am -

    We had Daniel Gibson reading our prime local weather for sometime,that is till now and I will watch his new venture with an open mind, but I always saw him as a self promoting smooth operator, and always thought his short weather items were close to my maximum viewing endurance.

    But I do wish him well, even if I do eventually change my national news sources, to another network simply because prime has now changed my access to the half hour of 7’s news bulletin that followed our local news, and do wonder how long it will be before our local news will be absorbed into a prime news hour read from the Canberra studio?

  2. Shoudy Chen February 24, 2014 at 11:46 pm -

    GWN7 has bulletins from 5:30pm while WIN WA do not have their regional bulletins. Perhaps WIN WA should reintroduce its localised news.

  3. Evan February 24, 2014 at 7:59 pm -

    No change on the Gold Coast. Just the usual Sydney news for the full hour

  4. DaveM February 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm -

    Well, no such bulletin on Prime Newcastle. Just the same hour of Sydney news…

  5. Aussie_Austridge February 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm -

    Will this apply to Prime7 Canberra as well? One hour of Seven News being replaced by 30 minutes of a country station’s selection of news items? Can’t see the politicians taking too kindly to that.

  6. MJL February 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm -

    @DaveM Prime Gold Coast is the same. They just show the Sydney news at 6pm. Strange considering it’s a Queensland TV channel.

  7. Stan February 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm -

    Case closed with Smacca’s comment below. Of course, some markets like Tasmania where they’ve seen their hybrid local/national WIN News & Southern Cross News bulletins simply extend for an hour was easy. However, most other regional markets have had to do some real juggling thanks to Nine & Seven’s one-upping.

  8. Smacca February 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm -

    The only dumb thing happening here is 7 News/9 News going for a full hour – forcing Prime7 and WIN to either risk moving their local news to a shitty timeslot or making their own hour of local and national news. WIN News is getting hammered at 7pm by ABC News and Home and Away, so obviously Prime7 aren’t prepared to move local news to 7pm. They’re better off producing a half hour national bulletin, which I’m sure will just be 7 News stories anyway.

  9. aspietruthseeker February 23, 2014 at 8:26 pm -

    At last! For the first time since Southern Cross Ten in Victoria put out their last version of Ten Eyewitness News from Bendigo, country Victoria finally has a locally-produced national news service – but remember, that’s because Seven have recently upped their own east coast 6pm news to an hour-length format and Prime needs to make 30 minutes of that airtime available for their existing local half-hour bulletins (the main reason why Southern Cross Ten did the same thing back in 1992 and again in 1993).

  10. D@GP February 23, 2014 at 6:20 pm -

    Oh dear…

  11. Dave February 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm -

    that’s just plain dumb. prime is supposed to be our local news provider but now they’re presenting national / international news?

  12. steven February 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm -

    Let me get this straight: From tomorrow we get Prime Local News with Nat Forrest at 6pm, then Prime National News with Dan Gibson at 6:30? And so Seven News with Mark Ferguson has been dropped? Can’t wait to see how that rates against WIN’s 9 News/WIN Local News combo.

    I seriously doubt that Dan Gibson has the necessary gravitas to carry this off.

  13. tayzz February 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm -

    Is it likely GWN7 over here in Western Australia will do the same thing? They used to ages ago.

  14. DaveM February 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm -

    What about Newcastle and surrounding areas? Prime hasn’t done local news in this area for donkey’s years. NBN is the only choice. I’d be surprised if Prime went up against them…

  15. Jason February 23, 2014 at 10:27 am -

    Wollongong/south coast NSW? Prime built a Taj Mahal broadcast centre at Wollongong but ironically, W’gong hasn’t had a Prime Local News bulletin for ages. Does south coast NSW continue with Seven Sydney’s hour?
    Prime should do what NBN3 Newcastle has been doing for the past 52 years, 7 days a week. Unlike at WIN and Prime, the world doesn’t stop for the weekend at 7pm Friday.

  16. aaron1004 February 23, 2014 at 8:18 am -

    do Vic get prime7 news bulletin??

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